Belgium punching above its weight in spam

11th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2006BRUSSELS - It's the perpetual curse of the computer user - everyone knows about spam, those unsolicited emails that clog up your inbox and spread viruses in cyberspace.

11 April 2006

BRUSSELS - It's the perpetual curse of the computer user - everyone knows about spam, those unsolicited emails that clog up your inbox and spread viruses in cyberspace.

Yet, according to data compiled by US software company Symantec and published today in the VUM newspapers 'De Standaard', 'Het Nieuwsblad' and 'Het Volk', around 4 percent of spam originates from Belgium.

Larger countries, such as France or Germany, are responsible for only 2 percent or less of spam flow.

The US accounts for 56 percent of worldwide spam and is therefore the top ranked country. Tiny Belgium is ranked a surprising 5th.

However, the Symantec report stressed that the fact spam is sent from a computer located in a certain country does not necessarily mean that the email's initial sender resides in the same country.

"It's an interesting finding," a Symantec spokesperson said. "Considering the size of Belgium, it is surprising how much spam traffic flows from there. However, over time, it is likely that this 4 percent figure will diminish."

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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